Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Blog Tour: Jump by Cindy Patterson; Review + Giveaway

Jump (The Senses #1)
Author: Cindy Paterson
Release Date: 1 November 2012

Centuries of loyalty

His code of honor was respected without question, until he consumed the blood of an enemy in exchange for a mortal woman to be set free from certain slavery.

He can’t forget her

Despite knowing, he will be imprisoned and put to death if caught, Balen, a fierce Senses Tracker, returns to Toronto to find the mortal woman, Danielle, he left behind two years ago. Haunted with memories of the torture they endured in the hands of a Senses enemy, Balen’s determination to see her again, drives him to risk everything. But when he does, a new enemy comes into play, one he can’t defeat. 

To conquer the wrath of fear

Determined to find some sort of peace after her abduction, Danielle finds solace in painting a man from her nocturnal unconsciousness. When he comes knocking on her door, her world is shattered and Danielle must face her worst fears in order to survive what is coming after them. It won’t stop. It can’t. For the ancient spell has no compassion. 

A journey of tenacious desire that refuses to fade even though that is what will destroy them. Because—in order for Danielle to live, first she must die.
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Immediately I found myself absorbed in the story, that prologue drew me in and set off a flurry of questions in my mind. I had to know what the hell was going on!
So from there, we flash forward two years and Danielle has no memory of her abduction. She dreams about a man with green eyes who makes her feel safe and protected, but has no real memories. She's frustrated and angry that she can't move on, but she also can't ignore it. I could feel her confusion and sense of helplessness.
I thought Danielle was a great heroine to focus on. She's always been free spirited, but fear holds her back now which makes her angry and frustrated. But she's very strong, and isn't broken by what she's been through. I loved her bluntness, and I could understand all the emotions she felt.
Then there's Balen *swoon*. He's domineering and sexy, and very protective of Danielle. He's tried to stay away from her, to keep her safe but he can't help but be drawn to her again. He's had to make extremely difficult decisions in the past, and is filled with guilt.
Danielle and Balen are physically drawn together, but also develop a passionate and intense love that you just know will last all eternity. They've not got an easy ride to a HEA but they deserve it after all they went through together.

I thought this was a very original take on paranormal romance, and once I started wrapping my head around the different creatures and characters, I was thoroughly immersed in their world.
I liked that this isn't just Balen and Danielle's story, we get glimpses into other characters' lives and tastes of what is to come. I'm particularly interested in seeing what will happen between Waleron and Delara in future books!
This kind of reminded me of Gena Showalter's Lord of the Underworld series, which I love. It has the sexy, alpha warriors, but they each have very clear and individual personalities. Then of course, there's their strong and capable women!

Jump had sexual tension in bucket loads and I loved the chemistry and love between Balen and Danielle. I can't wait to dive into the next book and lose myself all over again in the world of the Senses!

*I received a copy of the book, for my honest review. Thank you!

About the Author

I am Xamien’s secret lover. Well, in my head I am and since I’m single this is completely allowed. Some of you may ask, who is Xamien, don’t worry you will meet him soon enough, but no falling in love with him. He is all mine.

Writing books is a fantastic way to have adventures that are impossible to have otherwise. I mean do you really want to fall in love with Waleron? He is so unstable and would never pick up after your dogs or clean the litter box. Not to mention the fact that he is always out killing disgusting grave robbing bug people.

Curling up with a good book and losing yourself to another time and place is the greatest reward. Being able to feel a character’s emotions, their fears, pain and love. Now that is incredible. I relish in the books that stay with me long after they have ended. This is what I strive for in my writing. To give the readers, and myself, an escape into another world, my world.

I have been writing since I was twelve. My parents, sorry mom and dad, would send me to my room for an hour every night to do homework, and instead I wrote stories. Oops, guess that is why i did so bad in math.

I have never stopped writing since then and never will. It’s like an addiction, but a good one. I adore stepping into the shoes of a character and deciding their fate. The characters are why I write. I want to fall in love with them (even the bad ones), so that I care about what happens to them in a story. If I can’t care about the characters then why bother with the story.
I live in Toronto with a menagerie of pets that keep me on my toes.

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